Aged Syrah Tasting Notes

Testing out how Syrah wines age


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Aged Syrah Tasting Notes Aged Syrah is a bit of a rare beast. Not much that is ageable is made to begin with, and much of that gets drunk in its youth anyway. So what is aged Syrah like and when is the right time to drink it?

For more information on when to drink, check out On Aging Syrah Wine.

At their best, aged Syrah wines combine the delicacy of Burgundy and the aromatic complexity of Barolo with a power all their own. No wonder they rank among my top three wines! Bet you can guess the other two.

Increasingly, the balance that Syrah is capable of is being traded in for more power. As you might know, I am not a fan of the more-is-always-better style of wine making.

These aged examples from a recent tasting all were remarkably well balanced and helped to illustrate the middle age portion of Syrah’s life cycle.

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Lightly smoked wild boar ribs, eh? Well, if I ever convince a certain winery owner in Sonoma County to let me hunt boar on his property--let's say the odds of there being boar are better than good, but the odds of convincing him a little lower--we'll invite you and we'll try some syrah from the same sub appellation with it.
    BTW, can't help noticing you got that ESJ wine on sale! A good deal at either price, but 22.99 was a lot more when that was released than it seems like it is now.

    Feb 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    That sounds like a delicious deal!

    And I think the 22.99 sticker was placed there to help convince me that the 12.99 price was a good deal!

    Feb 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

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